John Rosensteel John Rosensteel

John Rosensteel

Teaching & Vision
Denise Douglas Denise Douglas

Denise Douglas

Care & Justice
Hannah Souter Hannah Souter

Hannah Souter

Community & Spiritual Formation
Michael Stern Michael Stern

Michael Stern

Operations
Chelsea Hostetler Chelsea Hostetler

Chelsea Hostetler

Worship & Arts
Emily Greco Emily Greco

Emily Greco

Justice & Welcome
Nathan Meeker Nathan Meeker

Nathan Meeker

Students
LeRoy Lee LeRoy Lee

LeRoy Lee

Kids & Families
Jerry Schmidt Jerry Schmidt

Jerry Schmidt

Care
Jess Anders Jess Anders

Jess Anders

Prayer
Steve Robertson Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson

Business
Michelle Collins Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Worship Arts Associate
Josh Breese Josh Breese

Josh Breese

Students Associate
Omar Cifuentes Omar Cifuentes

Omar Cifuentes

Ministerio Hispano
Laura Rodgers Laura Rodgers

Laura Rodgers

Office & Benevolence
Ty Feague Ty Feague

Ty Feague

Video & Media
Josh Sharp Josh Sharp

Josh Sharp

Production
Steve Sanz Steve Sanz

Steve Sanz

Facilities
Kellie Arabak Kellie Arabak

Kellie Arabak

Communications & Production
Kelsey Samsel Kelsey Samsel

Kelsey Samsel

Branding & Design
Dena Gilham Dena Gilham

Dena Gilham

Ministry Assistant
JoAnna Tabet JoAnna Tabet

JoAnna Tabet

Kids Coordinator
Christine Sharp Christine Sharp

Christine Sharp

Elementary Age
Tabitha Wells Tabitha Wells

Tabitha Wells

Early Childhood
Barb Siron Barb Siron

Barb Siron

Care & Database
  • John Rosensteel
  • Denise Douglas
  • Hannah Souter
  • Michael Stern
  • Chelsea Hostetler
  • Emily Greco
  • Nathan Meeker
  • LeRoy Lee
  • Jerry Schmidt
  • Jess Anders
  • Steve Robertson
  • Michelle Collins
  • Josh Breese
  • Omar Cifuentes
  • Laura Rodgers
  • Ty Feague
  • Josh Sharp
  • Steve Sanz
  • Kellie Arabak
  • Kelsey Samsel
  • Dena Gilham
  • JoAnna Tabet
  • Christine Sharp
  • Tabitha Wells
  • Barb Siron
  • John Rosensteel

    John became New Hope’s Lead Pastor in February of 2015. John was previously a pastor for a church in Madison, WI where he served for nearly 17 years. Go Badgers! Originally interested in becoming a lawyer, he discovered a passion for serving the Church.

    John is married to Corrie, who teaches art in Lake Oswego. They have two daughters, Eden (born 2007) and Jubilee (2010), two crazy dogs, and one fish. John loves books, good coffee, a hearty debate, most sports, backpacking in the wild, and Jesus figurines. John spends his time hanging with family and friends, exploring the PNW, and trying to keep up with his doctoral studies. He is a recovering Lakers fan and is all in on the Blazers. Many people are praying he repents of his love for the Cowboys. John’s favorite saying is “all is grace” because everything good, beautiful, and true is a gift.

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  • Denise Douglas

    Denise still cannot believe God’s goodness in bringing her to Oregon for her first ministry position at age 23 and letting her stay for decades! Denise grew up in Colorado on a farm and left for the BIG CITY of Houston, Texas to attend college at 18, then landed in Albany, Oregon.

    Denise earned her Masters of Divinity from what is now Portland Seminary and New Hope is the fourth church she has served in the past 35 years. She is married to Fred Douglas and has two sons, Erick and Brian, both in their 20’s. Denise enjoys really good coffee, the beauty of the outdoors, stories told well, and finds that walking with Jesus is so full of life, mystery and change that every day is packed with meaning.

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  • Hannah Souter

    Hannah oversees Community and Spiritual Formation at New Hope. Coming from a family of educators, it's no wonder she loves to create spaces for learning, connection, and growth. For Hannah, there's no greater joy than helping people explore their life with God.

    Hannah grew up camping, hiking, and romping around the Pacific Northwest. Not much has changed :)

    Hannah has an MA in Ministry Leadership from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

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  • Michael Stern

    Mike is one of those dreaded California transplants. He moved to Oregon to snowboard, but found Jesus instead. Over the past decade, Mike worked as an associate pastor at a church in Lake Oswego and Church Partnership Director for an organization serving in Rwanda, Africa. Although Mike's role as Executive Pastor is focused on the administration of the church as an organization, his desire is to be engaged in pastoral ministry and to see people transformed into the image of Christ. He's married to Stefanie, and together they have four kids, Ruby, Tess, Caleb, and Phineas.

    Mike enjoys time with his family, classic novels, woodworking, hiking, running, and long walks on the beach.

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  • Chelsea Hostetler

    Chelsea Hostetler oversees Worship Arts, Sunday Programming and Communications at New Hope Church.

    With a degree in Music Studies and passion for the arts, Chelsea believes beauty and excellence in all its forms can point us to Jesus. She’s an accomplished vocalist, artist, and enjoys bringing creativity to every situation. She has led worship in a variety of settings and loves helping people go deeper in faith. Chelsea loves living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, and dogs. When not making music, Chelsea enjoys digital illustration, Netflix, and good food (especially pizza).

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  • Emily Greco

    Emily serves as the Director of Welcome and Justice ministries. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Theatre Arts, Emily most recently served as an Event Facilitator for Compassion International. Her combined passions for storytelling, relationship building, and responding to the "unseen" in our communities have led Emily to serve here.

    Married to a tall, lanky fella named David and mama to a happy, 4-legged boy named CS Lewis, in her free time Emily is most likely found puttering about the house or enjoying a cup of tea and a good book.

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  • Nathan Meeker

    Nathan was born and raised in southeast Portland before moving to Oregon City where he graduated from high school. After that, he went to study aerospace engineering in Arizona before dropping out to share the Gospel with teenagers. Nathan graduated from Multnomah University with degrees in Bible & Theology as well as Youth Ministry and hopes to return to school one day to study Hebrew.

    In his free time, Nathan enjoys rock climbing, reading, and playing chess. He is blessed to be married to Sarah, who volunteers with him in the Student Community.

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  • LeRoy Lee

    LeRoy has a passion for introducing kids to Jesus through the Bible, community, and fun. With a masters degree in teaching he brings a lot of insight and expertise to helping your child(ren) grow. LeRoy is married to Gina and they have 6 kids: Addison, Titus, Eleanor, Willa-Jane, Odette, and Miriwyn. He is active in community theatre as an actor and director.

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  • Jerry Schmidt

    Jerry Schmidt is part of one of New Hope’s founding families, helping to start the church in 1972. He has a passion for helping people experience God’s love and the power of community. He also oversees New Hope’s care ministries, Adult Bible Fellowship, seniors groups and activities, and Deacon Ministry.

    When not at New Hope, Jerry enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, woodworking, and watching the Blazers (when they’re hot). Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his two adult children, their spouses, and his three wonderful grandchildren.

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  • Jess Anders

    Jess Anders oversees the Prayer Ministry at New Hope. A graduate from Portland Seminary with a Master of Arts specializing in Spiritual Formation and Creation Care, Jess brings a depth of experience in ministry. Over the last 15 years, Jess has served in churches in the Portland area as a Worship Arts Pastor, Children's Pastor, Elder, and various volunteer roles. Her passion is to help others connect to God with the many unique ways to engage with prayer.

    Jess has her roots here in Portland, Oregon, and can tell you of the days when the sasquatches ran wild. She is married to Mike Anders and has two daughters, Larkin and Lynley. In her off-time, you may find Jess in her garage making art or out on a hike with her family.

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  • Steve Robertson

    Steve came to ordained ministry in 2000, after a career in business. A life-long student, he has an MA in Psychology and an MBA. He served for fifteen years with a community church and then in a regional pastor role in California before migrating to Portland and New Hope Church.

    Steve and Judi were married in 1974 in San Francisco. Raised a boy and a girl, and have discovered (arguably) God’s greatest gift: grandchildren – one of the best reasons for a move to Portland. When not recreating with his grandsons, or cooking with his granddaughter, Steve can usually be found either at Powell’s tracking down a book, or in a quiet corner reading one.

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  • Michelle Collins

    After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, from Warner Pacific University, she began her teaching career in several Portland-area private and public school districts. She currently teaches and accompanies the choral department at David Douglas high school as well as maintaining a private music studio with instruction in piano, voice and guitar.

    She has enjoyed time as a studio musician and leading worship at local and regional conferences and retreats as time allows. Michelle enjoys collaborating with other musicians, coffee with friends and time with family at the Oregon Coast. She and her husband, Gavin, have three adult children (Drake, Grant and Paige).

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  • Josh Breese

    Josh has a passion to journey with and empower others in their spiritual walk. This passion has led him to serve in ministries ranging from children’s, youth, and adult small group ministries. After spending his childhood in Ohio, graduating from Warner Pacific University, living in Hanoi Vietnam for two years; Josh has embraced Portland as one of the places he calls home.

    Josh is married to Kelsey, and they celebrate life together with their son Roran. Hosting and playing games are the Breese’s favorite way to spend time with others. Josh has enjoyed baseball his entire life and has the dream to visit every team’s home stadium. He also enjoys playing disc golf to take a break from his online Master of Divinity studies.

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  • Omar Cifuentes

    Omar was born in Guatemala. In 1990 he moved to the Los Angeles area where he met his wife Rosie and they were married in 1993. Looking for a better future for their kids, they moved to Portland, Oregon in 1994. Nineteen years later, Omar and Rosie started a family and are enjoying their life with Sucely (7), Rosie Omary (5), and Selvyn Omar Jr (1). Omar likes to spend time with his family.

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  • Laura Rodgers

    With a heart for helping others succeed, Laura supports New Hope behind the scenes where she can problem solve, coordinate multiple people and tasks, and help others accomplish the 'big picture'. She is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho where she earned a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Business.

    Laura loves spending time with friends and family, catching a good movie, hiking, traveling and trying new things!

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  • Ty Feague

    Ty is a film buff and car nut. Two interests that have a surprising amount of intersections, no pun intended. He loves watching Formula 1, playing Forza Motorsport and racing go-karts at Pat’s Acres near his home in Wilsonville. Don’t ask him what his favorite car is though - it changes week to week.

    He and his wife Brianna were married on Rockaway Beach in 2020, surrounded by their parents and siblings. They enjoy watching The Great British Baking Show, Disneyland vloggers and Buzzfeed’s Unsolved series. Brianna is an outstanding baker, as evidenced by Ty’s recent purchase of a new belt.

    Ty began attending New Hope while in middle school. After graduating from Clackamas High School he began an internship at the church as a graphic designer and taking courses at Portland State University. Ten years later he joined the staff as New Hope’s Media Director.

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  • Josh Sharp

    Josh has a Bachelors of Arts in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University, and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity. He has been serving in full-time ministry for over ten years, and is currently the Director of Production for New Hope.

    Josh has been married to his wife Christine for 13 years, and they have three boys: James, Cole, and Eli. He loves spending time with his family, reading comics, enjoying his wife's baking, and all things tech.

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  • Steve Sanz

    Steve has been married to his best friend Rose for 40 years and has two kids; Loren and Carolyn and three grandchildren. He's inspired by God and seeing creativity in action. His first job (and his first business) was as a paperboy and now works as the Facilities Director and New Hope. If Steve could vacation anywhere, he would visit Portugal, Spain, Andorra and Italy.

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  • Kellie Arabak

    A New Hoper since 1981, Kellie was an elementary educator and computer trainer for many years before joining New Hope’s staff almost a decade ago. She helps organize all the behind-the-scenes details that make the Sunday morning services happen. Helping to oversee print & digital communications, Kellie also performs many administrative functions that help keep the whole church running smoothly.

    She and her pilot-husband, Bill, have one grown son. They enjoy travel, breakfasts out, managing their suburban “ranch”, and their two cats.

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  • Kelsey Samsel

    Kelsey has served New Hope in various roles within the Design and Communications department since 2014. Outside of her work at New Hope, she writes music and plays in a band with her husband. Kelsey’s highest values are investing in her community and cooking food for her friends.

    In her free time, Kelsey loves to bake gluten-free cupcakes, embroider random pieces of her clothing, and snuggle with her cocker spaniel-poodle, Dexter.

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  • Dena Gilham

    Dena lives in Happy Valley with her husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats. In her downtime, she loves going for walks in her back field, reading late into the night, and playing video games.

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  • JoAnna Tabet

    JoAnna is a new transfer from Mt. Scott Church of God into the Kids Community as Coordinator. It has always been her desire to help kids learn about the love of Jesus and see them develop their relationship with God.

    She lives in Happy Valley with her husband of 20 years and three busy teenagers, Marcel (18), Joey (16) and Emmanuel (14). A few things she enjoys is catching up with friends over coffee, playing board games, cooking and spending time with family.

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  • Christine Sharp

    Christine is the Elementary Area Coordinator for the Kids Community. She has been working with youth and children for a decade, and has three boys of her own: James (13), Cole (7), and Eli (5). She has been married to her husband Josh for 14 years, and loves spending time with him and her boys.

    When she is not editing videos, dancing to children’s songs, or rehearsing a memory verse, she spends her time drinking tea while reading, playing board games, or building computers with her husband.

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  • Tabitha Wells

    Tabitha has been on staff as the 3-K Coordinator since September 2018, and before that as an intern (since 2017). She is currently studying Psychology (with an emphasis in Family Studies) online at Corban University, and really enjoys her opportunity at New Hope to work with kids and families. She lives in the foothills of Mt. Hood with her family (parents & 5 siblings).

    When not working or studying, Tabitha enjoys being involved in the Portland musical theater community (either onstage or backstage) with her whole family, or vacationing at Disneyland. Her hobbies include snuggling with her pup Teddy, drinking coffee, and listening to 80s music.

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  • Barb Siron

    Barb is a remarkable volunteer who updates and maintains New Hope’s database. Barb also volunteers with the Pastoral Care Team, keeping them aware of those who are facing crises or health issues and need pastoral contact. She has been around New Hope for a long time and says that, “to serve the Lord and my church is my greatest joy in living.”

    Barb lives in a retirement community with her closest companion; a 10 pound, black & white dog named Emmie. Emmie loves people as long they are paying attention to her so she’s a great conversation starter with the people they meet in the halls. They take a lot of walks and Emmie does a great job keeping the loneliness away.

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  • John Rosensteel
  • Denise Douglas
  • Hannah Souter
  • Michael Stern
  • Chelsea Hostetler
  • Emily Greco
  • Nathan Meeker
  • LeRoy Lee
  • Jerry Schmidt
  • Jess Anders
  • Steve Robertson
  • Michelle Collins
  • Josh Breese
  • Omar Cifuentes
  • Laura Rodgers
  • Ty Feague
  • Josh Sharp
  • Steve Sanz
  • Kellie Arabak
  • Kelsey Samsel
  • Dena Gilham
  • JoAnna Tabet
  • Christine Sharp
  • Tabitha Wells
  • Barb Siron

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